1.Encourage mobilization of secretion through ambulation, coughing, and deep breathing.2.Ensure adequate fluid intake to liquefy secretions and prevent dehydration caused byfever and tachypnea.3.Encourage rest, avoidance of bronchial irritant, and a good diet to facilitate recovery.4.Instruct the patient to complete the full course of prescribed antibiotics and explain theeffect of meals on drug absorption.5.Caution the patient on using over-the-counter cough suppressants, antihistamines, anddecongestants, which may cause drying and retention of secretions. However, cough preparations containing the mucolytic guaifenesin may be appropriate.6.Advise the patient that a dry cough may persist after bronchitis because of irritation of airways. Suggest avoiding dry environments and using a humidifier at bedside.Encourage smoking cessation.7.Teach the patient to recognize and immediately report early signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis.
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Characteristicsymptoms includecough,sputum(phlegm) production, and shortness of breath and wheezing
related to the obstruction of the inflamed airways. Diagnosis is by clinical examination and